In Mexico, Artists Pay Taxes with Paintings

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tax day is quickly appraoching and many Americans may be scrambling to file their taxes and fork over a chunk of money to the federal government. But imagine if instead of paying taxes in the form of money, you could give the government a piece of art. That's the arrangement in Mexico, where the government has been allowing artists to offer pieces of art instead of paying income tax since 1957. It's resulted in a masterful art collection housed and displayed in Mexico City.

We talk with Julian Zugazagoitia, the director of El Museo del Barrio in New York City, about the tax program and what it says about the improtance of art in Mexican culture.

Guests:

Julian Zugazagoitia

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